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12-31-2018, 05:38 AM - 1 Like   #166
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QuoteOriginally posted by ABel Quote

Try to open the debug menu with the contents of this archive.
Please let me know if this helps.
Thanks a lot ABel !

It helped, now Menu items are working fine.

Best regards

01-01-2019, 02:03 AM   #167
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A friend of mine had a similar situation with his K50 which he purchased on ebay, it had the usual faulty solenoid and he asked me to repair it for him and if possible to change language settings.

After I changed the solenoid I used the usual debug mode and thus was able to change the region code.

But then I tried to do the firmware update, as soon as the card with the firmware was in, the K50 gave the message: Card not fomatted
I formatted several cards several times, every card was recognized immediately. But as soon as the firmware I tried several versions as well): Same message again.

Same if I tried again debug-mode!

So I downloaded PK_Tether and programmed: Debug mode ON

This was the solution: I could now install the latest firmware, programmed: Debug mode OFF

and now the K50 works fine.
01-02-2019, 04:33 PM - 1 Like   #168
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ABel, Many Thanks !!!! Very nice, the former K-30 works very well as a (new) K-50

01-03-2019, 01:13 AM   #169
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dear all,

Is it possible to read Focus Pulse value (focus stepper motor) using this firmware?
Thank you very much in advance.

Best regards,

01-04-2019, 11:07 PM   #170
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QuoteOriginally posted by ABel Quote
Hi there,

I have adapted the latest K-50 firmware version 1.10 to work in K-30 cameras. The initial testing is complete, all test cameras work fine.

The following functionality from K-50 is available in K-30 after updating:
  • 51200 ISO.
  • Eye-Fi card support.
  • Aperture control in 55-300 PLM lens.
  • Ability to change the picture filename prefix.
Several users of this update have also reported the AF improvement.

The firmware version 1.10 for K-30 can be downloaded here.

Some very important things to understand before installing this version.
Please read the following carefully:
  1. This is firmware 1.10 for K-50 modified in a way that it can be installed in K-30 cameras. It will turn your K-30 into K-50, and the EXIF in your photos will reflect this change.
    If you want your camera to be identified as "K-30" in EXIF information and during PC connection, here is a camera name preserving version.
  2. This is not an official update, and when you install it you'll automatically void your camera warranty (if you still have one ).
  3. This update should still be considered experimental. Flashing it can possibly be harmful to your camera (like any other firmware update, in fact).
  4. During the installation all the camera settings will be reset to factory defaults. If some of them are important for you, please remember their values so you can restore them after the update.
  5. Reverting to the original K-30 firmwares is possible. You'll just need to download and install the official firmware from the update page. But a repeated "upgrading" to K-50 firmware would no longer be safe and most likely will lead to camera hangups - this can be fixed by cleaning the settings via debug menu. I'm ready to give the instructions in case anyone needs them.
  6. Please refer to "Preparation of update" and "Updating Procedure" section on the K-30 update page for the firmware installation instructions.
  7. One of the tester reported random shutter actuations when 55-300 PLM lens was mounted on K-30. We need more testers to find out the reasons of this misbehavior.
If you are still here, I welcome you to the club
Thank you for making this available, I've loaded the version with the name change and so far so good.

I haven't had a chance for extensive testing, but just one point that I immediately discovered, and someone with more knowledge might chime in to say if it's possible, or if I'm dreaming

My K-30 had it's mirror box replaced due to the aperture motor failure, or something like that. I was never satisfied after that, as the difference in exposure between using OVF and LV, was about 1.5 stops, after this download, it seems normal, about 1/3 of a stop...

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